Reduce - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈduːs|  American pronunciation of the word reduce
Brit.  |rɪˈdjuːs|  British pronunciation of the word reduce


- cut down on; make a reduction in(syn: cut, trim)
- make less complex
- bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
- simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
- lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
- be the essential element
- reduce in size; reduce physically (syn: shrink)

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The medicine reduces the risk of infection.

We are trying to reduce our debt.

Stricter speed limit enforcement has reduced the number of car accidents.

Her prison sentence was reduced from 15 years to 10.

She has been reducing for six weeks.

He is greatly reduced by illness.

Hunger had reduced the poor dog to skin and bone.

The whole town was reduced to ashes in the bombing.

The facts may all be reduced to three headings.

After a long siege they reduced the fort.

The governor announced a new plan to reduce crime.

The helmet law should reduce injuries in motorcycle accidents.

Small businesses will need to reduce costs in order to survive.

The workforce has been reduced by half.

All the shirts were reduced to £10.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: reduce
he/she/it: reduces
present participle: reducing
past tense: reduced
past participle: reduced
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